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Number of West Nile Virus-positive pools continues to grow


The latest round of testing reveals that the number of West Nile Virus-positive mosquito pools has jumped to 19 from three only a month ago. Get more on this story in Friday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

Mayor reflects on first days in office


For the first female mayor in Ennis history, Angie Juenemann, has kicked off her first days in office with a teamwork approach and a fresh city commission, that reveals a business-like approach to doing the city’s business. Over three months since being elected in May, a 100-day update shows an itinerary filled with positive check […]

Sales tax revenue jumps 25 percent for Ennis

Dixon, Scott

The City of Ennis reported a sales tax revenue increase in excess of 25 percent for year-to-date August 2016, according to a report by the Texas Comptroller of Public Account’s office, numbers prompting City Manager Scott Dixon to say, “These look fantastic.” According to the report, Ennis jumped from $3,204,435.74 in August 2015 to 4,030,269.28 […]

City weighs tax rate versus ability to grow


With a proposed two-and-a-half cent property tax increase per $100 property valuation on the table for Ennis, City Manager Scott Dixon commented on the need for the proposed hike from $0.66 cents back to $0.695, Ennis’ original “historic rate.” Ennis has fallen behind six other cities in Ellis County in terms of new value market […]

Local singer releases new album

Family, faith and his musical past inform the songs on  Brandon Hixson's new album, Picture of You.

By Randy Bryan Bigham [email protected] Ennis singer Brandon Hixson, best known for his Christian albums and his work as music minister for Tabernacle Baptist Church, has put finishing touches to a new collection of songs, called Picture of You. Find the full story on this and more in the Sunday edition of The Ennis Daily […]

Family struggles to cope with loss of mother, home


If Petra Martinez were alive today, she wouldn’t want  people to hold a benefit in her name or to grieve over the fact that she and her brother’s home was destroyed by a fire two days before her death, That’s exactly the type of person she was, according to her daughter, Monica Martinez. Get this […]

5 inches of rain causes some flooding


Ellis County was placed under a flood advisory Wednesday afternoon as rain continued to fall in Ennis for the sixth consecutive day. Pick up Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News for this story and more…

City preps citizen survey on garbage service


Citizens who receive trash services with the city will soon be asked to return a mail-in survey asking what route they think the city should take with future garbage pickup. Get the details on this story and more in Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

The proposed 32 charter amendments up for a vote Nov. 8


The following were supplied by the City of Ennis and represent the 32 proposed charter amendments as they will appear on the ballot for the general election Nov. 8. EXHIBIT “C” Proposed Charter Amendments Propositions Proposition 1. Whether or not to amend the Home Rule Charter of City of Ennis, Texas, to add a “Preamble” […]

Charter amendments OK’d for November ballot

Ennis City Charter

When Ennis citizens go to the polls in November, they will see 32 proposed amendments to the city charter on the ballot. Get the full story in Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News… Become a subscriber today!

City hires marketing director


Returning to home sweet home, Ennis native Ashley Colunga has come full circle. The first marketing and communications director for the City of Ennis, a recently created position by the Ennis Economic Development Corporation, brings a familiar face to the Bluebonnet City. Pick up a Friday copy of The Ennis Daily News to get this […]

EISD preps for new year, new timekeeping

EISD Lion logo

The Ennis Independent School District is keeping up with the times. Rather than requiring 180 days in the classroom each scholastic year, district officials announced a decision to count like their students do, watching the clock by minutes and hours. The move to make a shift in timekeeping methodology was unanimously approved by the Ennis […]

City seeks help with park project

An architectural drawing for an 'art wall' shows where a  sculpted profile of Minnie McDowal will be placed at the new park named in  her honor.

The City of Ennis’ downtown revitalization plan kicks off with revamping Minnie McDowal Park, located at the corner of Dallas and Knox streets. The project, already underway, seeks to utilize the land where the city’s last indoor theater, the Plaza Theatre, stood for over 60 years. A new historical plaque will be struck for the […]

Tax-free weekend kicks off back to school season

Elementary School Kids Group Isolated

Families across Texas will take advantage of the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 5-7. The annual event gives parents an opportunity to make back-to-school shopping more affordable. Find details on this report and much more in the Friday edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Ennis official had ties to one balloon crash victim


City of Ennis Tourism Director Gina Rokas scanned over her Marlin High School yearbook, reminiscing on her days in the small town roughly an hour and a half south of Ennis. It was there Rokas grew up with Sandra Chalk, one of victims of the July 30 hot air balloon crash in Lockhart that killed […]

Memorial pavers honor veterans

Ennis Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park, whose cost of maintenance is covered by the twice-annual sale of engraved brick pavers, has announced orders for the commemorative bricks are now being received by the Ennis Veterans Memorial Committee. Get the full details in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News. Don’t miss a day, become a subscriber!

Beating the BITE


With cases of Zika virus now popping up around Texas, state health officials are on alert for the chance that the disease may be locally transmitted. Get the details on this report in Thursday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News…

Ennis officials eye property tax hike

Mortgage calculator. House, noney and document.

Ennis’ property tax rate could soon go up by about two-and-a-half cents per $100 property valuation. At Monday night’s meeting, the City Commission agreed to look at the possibility of raising the tax rate to $0.699, what Dixon called Ennis’s “historic tax rate.” Get the full story in Tuesday’s edition of The Ennis Daily News.

Ennis responds to Boston’s passing


Response to the tragic accident on July 29 in Colorado that took the life of Ennis High School herbology teacher, Kelly Boston, one of the city’s most respected people, continues to have a ripple effect. Students and friends created a memorial in Kelly’s honor outside the greenhouse where Kelly spent much of his time while […]

Park under renovation is haven of memories

Minnie McDowal, longest tenured employee of the Plaza   Theatre.

Due to a production error in the print edition of Sunday’s paper, the continuation of this story on page 10 was inadvertently omitted. The full story can be read below. By Randy Bigham Minnie McDowal Park, at the corner of Dallas and Knox streets in downtown Ennis, is still under reconstruction, and the update to […]

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